The most important label should be mounted closest to the insect. This label must have the name of the state and county where the insect was collected, as well as the date and the name of the collector. The label should be positioned in line with the length of the insect.
Consequently, can isopropyl alcohol be used to preserve insects?
If you put a small insect in a large jar, you’ll waste rubbing alcohol. Most rubbing alcohol is a 70% solution—this should work well for preserving your insects. Stronger rubbing alcohol—at 80 or 85%–is also appropriate, as some insects are better preserved with a stronger alcohol.
Beside this, how do I make a bug collection?
Try hanging a white sheet or cloth near a porch light or backyard light. You will find that many different kinds of insects, especially moths, will land on the sheet. They can be collected off the sheet by hand or with a pair of tweezers.
How do you label insect vials?
Labels should always be placed in vials with the left side down, with the writing against the glass and with no insects between the label and the glass. Care should be taken that the label is not caught between the glass and the cone of the lid, as this will allow the alcohol to evaporate.
– Pin through the center of thorax between the bases of fore wings. In the absence of specific information, pin insects through the thorax just to the right of center. One-half inch of the pin should project above the insect for easier handling of the specimen. Use a pinning block to measure this distance.
An even better method of preserving caterpillars, grubs, and maggots, is to carry them home alive in separate plastic or glass containers, then submerge them for 1 to 2 minutes in boiling water. After this they can be immediately placed in the vials of alcohol.
To relax your insect specimens, you will need a plastic container with an airtight lid that is large enough to hold all of the insects you want to soften plus several layers of wet paper towels. The moisture from the wet towels will soften the bodies of the insects without harming or discoloring them.
The Guiness Book of World Records lists the oldest known pinned insect specimen from a natural history bug collection is about 300 years old, which is far younger than the lice found on mummies. Given the proper preservation conditions, dried insects can stick around for quite some time… possibly thousands of years.
Inappropriately catching and framing a butterfly can be cruel just by their treatment alone, especially if they are injured or starved in the process. All that being said, if a butterfly is deceased, it is not cruel to frame it.
The locality should be a well known place name. Other information such as habitat, method of collection, time of day or the host plant may also be valuable information to record on your label. A second label is used to write the classification or name of the insect.